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Reducing Stress During Pregnancy and Thinking Positively

Updated on August 22, 2016
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Reducing Stress During Pregnancy

Pregnancy is the time of great joy and is a miraculous process it involves recognizing the growth of another body inside you. It is also an experience that most women have very few times in their lives so it is important to get the most out of it. If this is your first pregnancy it may feel uncomfortable at the start pregnancy does not last forever and will slip by quite quickly. So to get the most out of this short experience be well prepared in ways of dealing with stress factors.The effects of stress come during pregnancy and normal daily life and is likely to make demands at this time some may be due to the processes of pregnancy itself. It is helpful to be able to identify the sources of stress and how appropriate strategies can deal with the situation as it has several repercussions on the healthy progress of your pregnancy. Although there is a dispute about the extent of stress in physical or mental health problems there is no doubt that it is a significant course of nutritional status as it disrupts the absorption of nutrients and the rate of which you can use them up.


A Balanced Diet For Mothers To Reduce Stress

Eat an organically grown whole life nutritious diet which can provide nutrients. Eating really well is the best choice to stay healthy during post pregnancy.

Fruit and Vegetables
Fresh vegetables and fruit which have been organically grown can provide a wide range of essential nutrients and they are alkali promoting foods as well. If your system is too acidic toxic metals are more likely to be absorbed and radiation becomes more of a hazard. Vegetables and fruit should make up a very high proportion of your diet.

  • At least forty percent of your total food intake should be made up of vegetables.
  • Eat a combination of raw and cooked vegetables.
  • Juices are a good way to increase your consumption of raw vegetables. Try carrot and beetroot. You can add any fruit and vegetables you want.

How Do You Know Your Stressed?

Stress is also caused by other factors and it is vital to believe in emotional awareness and communication between yourself and the unborn child. Although there is some difference of opinion to whether stress actually causes miscarriage it can certainly disrupt the systems and the processes which are involved in pregnancy. Some level of stress is inevitable and stress may be associated with other things in your life. This is particularly true when the happiness you experience coexist with psychological or physical fitness and challenges. It would be desirable to eliminate stress altogether but instead, create excitement as well as motivation in your daily life. Our everyday life today whether pregnant or is difficult to cope with due to the daily stresses which involves heavy workload and on to the top of it all pregnancy presents its own challenge. However, pregnancy is a condition and it will change as it progresses.

Pregnancy is the time of great joy and is a miraculous process it involves recognizing the growth of another body inside you.
Pregnancy is the time of great joy and is a miraculous process it involves recognizing the growth of another body inside you.


You should eat whole grains and avoid white flour and products containing sugar. Eat brown rice and bread made from whole grain. Many whole grain breads are now available in whole wheat varieties this may seem a little heavy at first and those made from either grain such as corn are lighter in texture. Many interesting loaves of bread are now available from your health food store or organic supplier. This is usually made from organically grown wholegrain flour which has been stone ground but does make sure they are free of additives. Try grains and always aim to eat a wide variety as possible that focuses particularly on the dark green leafy varieties.


When eating salads it is important to think beyond the traditional lettuce and tomato combination. When choosing a lettuce salad select one with dark leaves since it will contain a higher concentration of minerals. Add chopped fresh herbs such as parsley and basil . While root vegetables such as carrots are best broken down by grating or juicing and stir frying. Nearly all other vegetables are prepared by chopping or shredding. Steaming and stir-frying are the preferred methods of cooking your vegetables. Always cook for the minimum possible time since too much heat destroys nutrients. Cooked vegetables should still be crunchy to get the most nutrients as possible.



There is a debate about the amount of protein that pregnant women should consume as too much protein can lead to arrive in the production of urea which has a diuretic effect and will increase the excretion of minerals such as calcium. Increasing amounts of protein in western diets corresponds to an increasing incidence of osteoporosis and it is interesting to note that communities of Eskimos eating a traditional diet of whale and fish have undoubtedly the highest rate of protein consumption in the world.

  • Canned and frozen fish may be eaten occasionally but be sure that you receive the full nutritional value of fish if it is freshly caught and freshly prepared.
  • Oysters are particularly high in zinc but the level of contaminants is often high as well so it is not recommended you eat oysters too often.
  • Red meat and chicken should be organically fed and raised. It is important to realize that some birds and animals maybe free range but may not be organically grown.
  • Goats milk cheese and yoghurt are preferable to products made from cow’s milk. Even though pasteurized dairy produces is nutritionally superior to pasteurized products.

Plant Protein

Secondary proteins are proteins of plant origin and unlike primary proteins, it contains a full supplement of essential amino acids. For this reason, if you favor a vegetarian diet the appropriate combination of vegetable protein should be eaten each day by combining any two from the following group's nuts grains seeds and legumes as such combination will ensure you obtain the full complement of amino acids.

Fat And Oils

You must have some oils and fat in your diet because they store of oil soluble vitamin C which is important both for your health and for your baby's development. Vitamin A is essential for healthy eyes and good bone structure. Vitamin D is also necessary for the growth of your baby and is important as an antioxidant.

Use olive oil for stir-fry
Use lots of organically grown olive oil on salads. If never heated it is high in essential fatty acids. Add chopped fresh herbs garlic or lemon juice to add flavor. But although it falls into the category of saturated animal fats it is still preferable to margarine and can help to get rid of mercury from the body. You can also try spreading your plate with mashed banana and avocado or soy mayonnaise.

Eat no more than two or three pieces of fruit daily while food is an important food you need to remember that it is also quite high in sugar. Even fruit sugar in excess can contribute to nutrients loss and this applies particularly true when it is juiced.

A slice of lemon in your glass of water will make it taste more interesting and your body will easily absorb it.
A slice of lemon in your glass of water will make it taste more interesting and your body will easily absorb it.

Water Is Essential For Life

About seventy-five percent of your body is made of water. Without adequate water, intake to replace what your body uses to breathe, sweat and exercise. You will find more information about the importance of water below:

  • Drink plenty of fresh purified water. The recommended dosage is eight to twelve cups daily. Bottled water is another option but it is not as reliable and free of contaminants as purified water.
  • A slice of lemon in your glass of water will make it taste more interesting and your body will easily absorb it.
  • Herb and green teas can be very helpful but should not take the place of purified water. The water for your tea should also be purified as boiling does not remove toxins but only removes bacteria.
  • Green tea is particularly high in antioxidants. Black tea also contains antioxidants though the advantage may be lost when milk is added to caffeine content.
  • Avoid mineral sparkling water which may be high in sodium and should only be used occasionally.
  • Avoid soft drinks and coffee and teas which contain caffeine.

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Dealing With Insomnia

Sometimes despite what you do sleep just does not come. In pregnancy, this is going to be a particular problem if the first trimester if there is any nausea or more commonly when size is an issue and it can be difficult to find a comfortable position. There are also theories that the baby's metabolism may be attacked, due to the constant demands and internal supply of nutrients.

Try not to make it worse by feeling guilty, tell yourself you will probably feel quite different very soon and that pregnancy is a phenomenal process.
Try not to make it worse by feeling guilty, tell yourself you will probably feel quite different very soon and that pregnancy is a phenomenal process.

Getting Comfortable During Pregnancy

The discomfort of sleeping at night may be a problem for you adding to your stress levels. Just a word of warning does not spend a fortune on maternity clothes as the pregnancy comes around fast. Although it may feel as if your clothes stretch interminably it really is over quite fast. Your body during pregnancy has to be one of the most sensual shapes. It's about the body image and attractiveness during pregnancy and it is important to continue to pay attention and feel proud of the shape. However, some women typically have become depressed about their looks. Eating and supplementing nutritional food at this time is a very important and the less you pay attention to replenishing your stores the more you could become depleted and this can certainly affect you and your stress tolerance.

Evaluating Possible Medical Intervention During Birth

Evaluating medical intervention means you need to make a choice that is right for you. Trust your intuition and it is your baby so try to make decisions that are not based on fears. All prospective parents have some worries about whether their baby will be healthy and if they are developing progressively. However, this can become obsessive and is most likely associated with a previous bad experience based on other people's negative stories. Some of you may also worry, emotionally, physically financially. Try not to make it worse by feeling guilty but instead tell yourself you will probably feel quite different very soon and that pregnancy is a phenomenal process. This should help to take the edge off the experience and reduce the stress involved. This is a very profound time and your feelings are bound to be strong and powerful. Cherish this opportunity to explore your emotions.

Healthy Diet For Pregnant Women

You can make a lot of difference to your energy levels if you are eating well and supplement daily. It is however quite a normal response to feel that you need a bit more time to think as there is a lot going on. This is particularly true for the first semester when your body is manufacturing hormones. However all through the pregnancy, you will be providing nutrients and energy to help your baby grow this is one of the most extraordinary things you can do and is a great achievement. For stress reduction, you need to get adequate sleep and this is essential during pregnancy and after pregnancy. If you feel things are getting out of control I suggest seeking help immediately. If your someone that has difficulty talking about their feelings remembers you’re a mother now and responsible for your child.


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    • aceresumes profile imageAUTHOR

      Vicky Ann 

      2 years ago from Australia

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I agree that we have too much stress in our lives and the sooner we get rid of it the better our world will be .

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      2 years ago

      Reducing stress during pregnancy is a major issue that most women face. Thank you very much for sharing this information with us. I for one am very happy to come across articles that help you fight stress instead of gaining more of it. There is another one which i came across recently which should be helpful as well:


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